These associations would help define the role of professional counselors Over

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These associations would help define the role of professional counselors. Over the last fifty years, they would begin to provide academic training and continuing education credits, state licensures, and professional network services to the counselling professions. Philosophies of Wellness
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However, one of the most important theoretical aspects that has come about from the brief history of the counseling profession is the outgrowth of research that supports the role of the counseling profession. The early impact of this research to the profession saw the development of two key theoretical models that serves as a foundational model for many of the therapeutic approaches utilized by the professional counselor. One such model is the Wheel of Wellness as presented by Hettler in 1984. Another model developed by Myers and Sweeney, derived from the original work of Hettler, allowed them to develop what is known as the Invisible Self (IS-WEL) model. (Myers & Sweeney, 484). These models provide a body of research for the development of therapeutic approaches by the professional counselor. The currently available research tends to be longitudinal in nature; and in some instances, it makes use of limited pool of study participants such as students or other subpopulations. The recent research is promising and is accepted by the medical and mental health professionals as reliable and repeatable research.
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  • Summer '17
  • Thomas Sherman
  • Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor, Mental health professional, American Counseling Association, Mental health counselor, Boston University School of Medicine Mental Health Counseling

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